Colin Brooker on Tabby at CDM


From Natalie at Coastal Discovery Museum:

Tabby, Pisé and Cob: Investigations, Discoveries and Interpretation of Form-Built Structures 

Wednesday, December 17th, 3:00 PM in the Sea Island Room – Coastal Discovery Museum – 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC Cost:   $7 per person

CDM Logo Stacked originalDescription:  If you have ever wondered about the history of tabby construction, please join us for this informative presentation by Colin Brooker, an internationally-known expert about tabby and similar building methods and materials.  “Tabby, Pise and Cob: Investigations, Discovery and Interpretation” will be held at 3 PM on Wednesday, December 17th.  Brooker will discuss his most recent research and restoration projects in the Lowcountry including: cisterns at Fort Johnson, an ice house on Edisto Island, an early Freedman’s house on Berry Island, and slave dwellings on Daufuskie Island.  In addition, he will address international projects in the Bahamas and in southeast England.  Brooker is an international expert on form-built structures comprised of natural materials found on site.  His investigations have widened accepted scholarship about this subject. He will discuss the character and techniques of these sites as well as their meaning during the period of 1780-1845.

Speaker: Colin Brooker, Architectural Historian                                  

Speaker Info: A long-time and active preservationist in Beaufort, Colin Brooker has applied his scholarship to almost every historic building in the National Historic Landmark District as well as in Beaufort County. He is a principal, along with his wife Jane Bruce Brooker, in Brooker Architectural Design Consultants, founded in 1975, which specializes in architectural preservation, survey, archaeological investigation and recording. His projects in Beaufort are too numerous to list, but among those that are significant are the rescue and restoration of the Elizabeth Barnwell Gough House, St. Helena Episcopal Church and the Baptist Church of Beaufort.

Known internationally for his expertise in tabby building methods, he has stabilized many of Beaufort County’s tabby structures including the Edwards House on Spring Island, the Sams Ruins on Dataw Island, tabby ruins on Callawassie Island and the Chapel of Ease on St. Helena Island. Currently he is Heritage and Preservation Consultant to the Government of the Bahamas (Bahamas National Museum; Office of the Prime Minister, Nassau).


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